Travel Blogs from Sahinbey
... the water, ruined castles..... and in perfect conditions - blue sky, puffy white clouds, no wind......a delight.
It was 3 pm by the time we made our departure and 5 by the time we reached the large city of Gaziantep. We stopped at the new museum to have our worst fears confirmed. Not only is the museum closed today but it is closed until it can be formally opened next weekend as part of the election campaign! So near & yet so far...but ...
... into Rumi's hometown. It's stark here now. 800 years later, what was then a bustling university town (the first in this part of the world) has now become a major industrial center of over a million folks. Lots of images of Rumi whirling, lots of folks selling Rumi memorabilia, but... gotta dig deep to get to him under all the iconic adulation and... ahh you know what I mean! So I vow to return later, and head off to my friend Senay's family farm in the town of ...
... out the plans and we now have a new itinerary that is
satisfactory to everyone. I think. We get to see the big heads. I
know I have seen them somewhere and they seemed pretty spectacular even
thought I don't know their name.
We arrived in Gaziantep. Our
local bus driver and guide didn't exactly know the way to the hotel so
the hotel sent someone in a car to guide us there. We eventually
... middle of the park. I should mention that the weather was good, though cool, and, it being a Sunday, the park was pretty crowded with families and strollers. Somehow we still attract attention, especially amongst teenaged boys, who say hello, and crowd around a bit… we engage them in some banter and all is enjoyable, but it is still surprising… Maybe it is our Tilley hats.
There is a marvelous (marbleous?) mosaic museum, and ...
... and the colours were all just beautiful, as well as the surprising show of emotion in the faces of some of the characters.
From the museum we made our way to the Mevlevhane Valaf museum, dedicated to Mevlevi Sufis, also known as the whirling dervishes, who practice a form of Islamic mysticism. It was a small, but very interesting museum, set in an old Ottoman house. There was a particularly ...